Molise

Italy

Country:
Region:
Molise
Population:
320 229

About Molise

Molise (UK: / mɒˈliːzeɪ /, US: / ˈmoʊlizeɪ, moʊˈliːzeɪ /, Italian: ; Molisano: Mulise) is a region of southern Italy. Until 1963 it was part of the Abruzzo and Molise region, alongside the Abruzzo region. The split, which did not take effect until 1970, makes Molise the youngest region in Italy. Covering 4,438 square kilometers (1,714 square kilometers), it is the second smallest region in the country after Valle d'Aosta and has a population of 313,348 (as of January 1, 2015).

The region is divided into two provinces, named after their respective capitals Campobasso and Isernia. Campobasso also acts as a regional capital.

Geography

Molise is bordered by Abruzzo to the north, Puglia to the east, Lazio to the west and Campania to the south. It has 35 kilometers (22 miles) of sandy coast to the northeast, located on the Adriatic Sea and looking towards the Tremiti islands.

The Molise countryside is mainly mountainous, with 55% covered by mountains and most of the rest by hills that descend towards the sea.

Main monuments and monuments

Campobasso

Monforte Castle

Torre Terzano

Campobasso Cathedral (Holy Trinity)

Church of Sant'Antonio

Church of San Bartolomeo

Church of San Giorgio

Savoy theater

Palazzo San Giorgio (Head of the municipality)

Provincial Museum of the "Samnites"

Isernia

Isernia Cathedral (San Pietro)

Fraternal Fountain

Monumental complex and museum of the Abbey of Santa Maria delle Monache

Sanctuary of Saints Cosma and Damiano

Archaeological site Isernia La Pineta

Paleolithic Museum in the La Pineta site

Termoli

Cathedral of San Basso da Lucera

Medieval castle of Frederick II

Sinarca tower

Museum of the Renaissance Gallery

Province of Campobasso

Trivento Cathedral

Church of Santa Maria Maggiore (Guglionesi)

Sanctuary of Santa Maria del Canneto (Roccavivara)

Caldora Castle (Carpinone)

Castello d'Angiò (Civitacampomarano)

Lombard Castle (Tufara)

Bojano Cathedral (San Bartolomeo)

Medieval fortress Civita Superiore (Bojano)

Torre Angioina (Colletorto)

Larino Cathedral

Archaeological site and Roman theater of Larinum (Larino)

Archaeological site and museum of Altilia (Sepino)

Italic Sanctuary of San Pietro dei Cantoni (Sepino)

Megalithic walls of Saipins (Terravecchia zone - Sepino)

Church of Santa Maria della Strada (Matrice)

Historic center of Guardialfiera

Capua Castle (Gambatesa)

Province of Isernia

Abbey of San Vincenzo al Volturno (Castel San Vincenzo)

Marinelli Bell Factory and Museum (Agnone)

Italic theater and temple in the archaeological site of Pietrabbondante

Parish Church and Bell Tower of San Silvestro (Bagnoli del Trigno)

Bagnoli del Trigno (The pearl of Molise)

Rock church of Pietracupa

Church of Sant'Antonio Abate (Pietracupa)

Capracotta

Neo-Gothic Basilica of Santa Maria Addolorata (Castelpetroso)

Venafro Cathedral

Pandone Castle (Venafro)

Pandone Castle (Cerro al Volturno)

Abbey of Santa Maria del Carmelo (Roccavivara)

Pescolanciano Castle

Colli al Volturno

Economy

Agriculture, which involves small and micro farms, currently offers high quality products. Farms produce wine, cereals, olive oil, vegetables, fruit and dairy products. Traditional products are Grass Pea (cicerchia) and Farro. The native Molise grape is Tintilia which has been rediscovered in the last ten years and many other DOP (DOP) wines, both red and white.

Although there is a large Fiat plant (Termoli), the industrial sector is dominated by the agricultural industry with small and medium-sized farms widely spread throughout the region. Another important industry is the transformation of food products: pasta, meat, dairy products, oil and wine are the traditional products of the region. In the services sector, the most important industries are distribution, hotels and restaurants, followed by transport and communications, banks and insurance companies. With a few exceptions, businesses in all sectors are small and this explains the difficulties encountered in the marketing of products on a national scale .

International tourism is growing largely due to the recent opening of international flights from other European countries to Pescara airport, which is not far to the north in Abruzzo and connected to Molise by the A14 highway (the only highway that crosses Molise, from Termoli).

demography

Source: Wikipedia
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